We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Inconsistent antivirus fix in works

Reclassification of malware behaviour necessary

According to a report published recently by researchers at the University of Michigan's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and network security company Arbor Networks, antivirus products are inconsistent at best when it comes to identifying attacks such as worms, phishing and botnets.

"Using a large, recent collection of malware that spans a variety of attack vectors (such as spyware, worms, spam), we show that different AV products characterise malware in ways that are inconsistent across AV products, incomplete across malware, and that fail to be concise in their semantics," the report claims.

The report shows that host-based antivirus techniques failed to "detect or provide labels for between 20 and 62 percent of the malware samples".


IDG UK Sites

OnePlus One release date, price, specs UK: No invite needed any longer

IDG UK Sites

15 analogue facts that today's kids won't understand: winding tapes, Ceefax and more

IDG UK Sites

da Vinci Junior 3D printer review

IDG UK Sites

WWDC 2015: What Apple will launch at WWDC 2015: Apple TV, Macs, more & how to get WWDC tickets